How Cool Is This? Better Than Ezra’s Putting Out An EP Of LSU Tailgating Songs

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New Orleans platinum rock stars, Better Than Ezra, go back to their roots with the upcoming release of their Death Valley EP on Tuesday, October 18, featuring a modern pop twist on traditional tailgating songs popularized by the LSU Tiger Band.

“Better Than Ezra formed while its members attended LSU and they continue to display a passion for music and spirit for the school that is clearly evident in their officially licensed LSU EP,” says Brian Hommel of LSU Trademark Licensing.

Better Than Ezra attended Louisiana State University in early ‘90s and began touring heavily on the Southern college circuit. A few years later the band released their single ‘Good’ which reached the #1 position on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart driving the album sales to platinum status. With the success of ‘Good’ and two consecutive albums, the band quickly became a staple in the ‘90s pop/rock scene.

“LSU football has been a part of our DNA since our first practice just off campus in 1988 and we always talked about recording our favorite game day tracks BTE style” says Tom Drummond, bass player of Better Than Ezra. “The songs on this ep are iconic to not only LSU’s Tiger Band but were originally pop songs from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘80s. For us to be able to come back to LSU and record the songs is a dream come true.”

With Death Valley, Better Than Ezra takes these traditional tailgating songs that the Tiger Band plays at each football game and modernizes it for today’s students.

Death Valley features a modern twist on classic LSU favorites such as: Hey Fighting Tigers; Double Shot of My Baby’s Love; Hey Baby; Tiger By the Tail; and Chinese Bandits. Also included on the EP are Better Than Ezra’s original songs This Time of Year and Hell No!, inspired by LSU football and their time at the University.

“This Time of Year was inspired by our drive up I-55 for the Ole Miss vs. LSU football games so we wanted to make sure that track was included on the EP as it was a perfect fit,” says Kevin Griffin, lead singer of Better Than Ezra.

Better Than Ezra’s Death Valley EP is an officially licensed collegiate product that will be available on iTunes and beginning October 18 as well as select LSU affiliated stores. For a full list of stores where the EP will be sold, please visit

Lookin’ forward to THAT. A rock cover of Hey Fightin’ Tigers? Huh.

My aunt Clotile says you can’t talk about Better Than Ezra without putting this in, so I’m gonna do it to make her happy…

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